Military Officials Discuss Sentence for Hicks

A military judge and lawyers meet at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to work out the sentencing of David Hicks, an Australian citizen who has pleaded guilty to providing material support for terrorism. Hicks, 31, faces the possibility of life in prison.

That sentence could be served in Australia. Today's meeting, which is similar to plea-bargaining in the civilian legal world, is part of the process of determining a sentence for Hicks — and where his prison time may be served.

Hicks has pleaded guilty to one count of intentionally providing support to a terror organization. But he pleaded not guilty to the charge that he helped prepare or carry out an act of terrorism.

Hicks' sentence will be determined by military officers sitting on a tribunal panel or jury. Those officers' decision could come as early as this weekend.



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